Main Window

OpenShot Video Editor has one main window which contains most of the information, buttons, and menus needed to edit your video project.

Overview

Id

component

description

1

Main Toolbar

Contains buttons to open, save, and export your video project.

2

Function Tabs

Switch between Project Files, Transitions, and Effects.

3

Project Files

All audio, video, and image files that have been imported into your project.

4

Preview Window

This is the area that the video will playback on the screen.

5

Edit Toolbar

This toolbar contains toggle buttons used for editing, trimming, and splitting clips.

6

Zoom Slider

This slider will adjust the time-scale of your timeline.

7

Play-head / Ruler

The ruler shows the time-scale, and the red line is the play-head. �The play-head represents the current playback position.

8

Timeline

The timeline visualizes your video project, and each clip and transition in your project.

9

Filter

Filter the list of items shown (project files, transitions, and effects) by using these toggle buttons and textbox. �Enter a few letters of what you are looking for, and the results will be shown.

Main Toolbar

The main toolbar contains buttons to quickly create and save your project, undo and redo actions, import files, and export your video. �All of these functions can also be accessed through the File and Edit menus.

Id

component

description

1

New Project

Create a new OpenShot project file (*.OSP).

2

Save Project

Save the current project. �If no project has been created, a dialog screen will open to gather more information.

3

Undo

Undo the last action

4

Redo

Redo the previous action

5

Import Files

Import 1 or more files into your current OpenShot project.

6

Export Video

Export the current project to a single video file.

Function Tabs

These tabs let you switch between 3 different functions: Project Files, Transitions, and Effects. �The items in these tabs can be dragged and dropped onto the timeline.

Project Files

The Project Files section contains all files that have been imported into your project. �Before you can add an image, audio file, or video file to your project timeline, it must first be imported into your Project Files section.

Preview Window

The Preview Window is what controls the playback (or preview) of your video project. �Clicking the buttons under the preview window controls the playback, and outputs video to this area. �The size of this area can be modified by clicking and dragging on the handles (or lines) around this section.

Id

component

description

1

Skip to Beginning

Skip to the very beginning of the project.

2

Rewind

Rewind the video from the current playback position.

3

Play / Pause

Play or Pause the playback of your project.

4

Fast Forward

Fast forward the video from the current playback position.

5

Skip to End

Skip to the end of the project.

Edit Toolbar

The Edit Toolbar lets you toggle between different edit modes for the timeline. When moving, trimming, and slicing clips, it is necessary to change the edit mode using this toolbar.

Id

component

description

1

Add Track

Add a new track to the top of the stack.

2

Select Mode

Select mode allows you to click and move clips.

3

Razor Mode

Razor mode allows you to split a clip where ever you click. �If snapping is enabled, clicking near the play-head (the red line), will slice the clip exactly on the play-head.

4

Resize Mode

Resize mode allows you to grab the edges of a clip and drag to resize (or trim) the clip.

5

Snap Mode

Snap mode allows clips to snap (or jump) to the nearest clip or play-head (if any are close) when you drop them. �Transitions will snap to nearby clips. �Also, clips and transitions will snap to the play-head's position.

6

Add Marker

Add a new marker, which allows you to quickly jump back to this exact point while previewing.

7

Previous Marker

Skip to the previous marker (if any).

8

Next Marker

Skip to the next marker (if any).

Zoom Slider

The zoom slider allows you to change the time-scale of the timeline. �Zoom in to see the timeline more closely, or zoom out the see the entire project without scrolling. �You can either click the zoom buttons (on the left and right), or slide the zoom slider. �When dragging the slider, it will update the timeline when you pause or stop moving it.

Timeline

The timeline visualizes your project in a very graphical way. �Each clip is represented by a yellow rectangle. �Each track is represented by a blue rectangle. �The Play-head (red line) represents the current playback (or preview) position of your project.

Click anywhere on the ruler to jump to that point in time. �If you drag along the ruler, it will “scrub” the video, which is a fast, rough way to preview your project.

Id

component

description

1

Ruler

The ruler shows the current time-scale of the timeline.

2

Play-Head

The Play-head represents the current playback position of your preview window.

3

Clip

A clip represents an audio, image, or video file.

4

Track

A track is similar to a layer. �The higher tracks show video and images above the lower tracks. �There is no limit to how many tracks a project can have.

Tracks

OpenShot uses tracks to layer videos and images. �The top most track is the top layer, and the bottom track is the bottom layer. �If you are familiar with layers in a photo editing application, then you should be quite familiar with this concept. �OpenShot will mix each layer together, just like a photo editing application.

For example, imagine a 3 track video project. �A sunset image should be used as the background, an image with lots of circles should be in the middle, and a logo should be on top.

Id

component

description

1

Top Track

Clips on this track will be on top. �Logos and watermarks should be on this layer. �The OpenShot logo is on this track in the illustration.

2

Middle Track

These clips are under the top track, but above the bottom track. �The image with circles is on this track in the illustration.

3

Bottom Track

These clips are under all other tracks. �The sunset is on �this track in the illustration.

Controlling Playback of Video

Playing, Pausing, and Seeking are very important features in a video editor. �While you are creating a video project, you will need to playback the project over and over again. �While clicking on the Play button is an easy way to accomplish this, there are many faster ways.

Playback Methods

There are 8 ways to control the video playback in OpenShot.

  1. Click the Preview Toolbar (Play, Fast-forward, etc...)

  2. Dragging the Slider above the Preview Toolbar

  3. Dragging the Play-Head on the Ruler

  4. Clicking on the Ruler at any point

  5. Using Keyboard Shortcuts (J, K, L keys)

  6. Using the Arrow Buttons (Left, Right, Up, Down)

  7. Using the Space bar key (Play / Pause)

  8. Double-clicking on a user-defined marker

Keyboard Short-Cuts

A keyboard short-cut is a key (or keys) on the keyboard that saves you the trouble of moving your mouse and clicking. �It is often faster to type a key, than to point and click. �Here are all keyboard short-cuts in OpenShot:

key

description

J

Rewind the video playback

K

Pause / Play

L

Fast-forward the video playback

Space bar

Pause / Play

Up

Seek to previous maker (if any)

Down

Seek to next marker (if any)

Left

Step backwards one frame (frame stepping)

Right

Step forwards one frame (frame stepping)

TAB

Switch between Resize and Select mode

Ctrl + Scroll Wheel

Zoom in & out of the timeline

Ctrl + Home

Seek to the beginning of the timeline

Ctrl + End

Seek to the end of the timeline

C

Slice all clips at the play-head position

CTRL + N

Create a new project

CTRL + O

Open an existing project

CTRL + F

Import a file (audio, video, or image)

CTRL + I

Import an image sequence

CTRL + W

Import new transition

CTRL + S

Save the current project

SHIFT + CTRL + S

Save the current project as...

CTRL + X

Export project as MLT XML

CTRL + E

Export the current project as a video file

CTRL + U

Upload current project as a video file to YouTube or Vimeo

CTRL + Q

Quit the program

CTRL + Z

Undo the last action

CTRL + Y

Redo the previous action

CTRL + P

Edit the preferences

CTRL + T

Create a new title

CTRL + B

Create a new animated title

F11

Toggle full-screen mode

F1

Launch the help file (if installed)

CTRL + D

Capture and save the current frame of any non-audio clips that are overlapping the play-head, and add them to the project files.